Burke gets $1,500 in questionable property tax breaks

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting some questionable property tax breaks for embattled Ald. Ed Burke.

According to the newspaper, the 14th Ward alderman got $1,500 in tax breaks on his home and office building last year that the new Cook County assessor can’t explain.

Assessment appeals for Burke’s home and a building he owns were rejected in 2015 and 2016. But in 2017, his home and office assessments were lowered by about $70,000.

The assessor’s office said his firm offered neighborhood property appraisals that weren’t comparable, leaving questions as to why his assessments were lowered.

Burke is under federal investigation. He’s accused of using his political power to leverage business for his property tax appeals firm.

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